Falstaff is an interesting man in this play. He is what makes this play a comedy. In the beginning when he was robbed by Hal and Poins, he lied and said he fought at least fifty men during the fighting. When Hal reveals that it was himself and Poins to robbed Falstaff, Falstaff admits that he knew all along that it was Hal and he said that he ran away to avoid hurting Hal. In Act 3 Scene 3, again we see Falstaff trying to make himself look better than he really is. He accuses the Hostess of picking his pockets. He claims that he had money and a valuable ring but Hal reveals that he was the one who really picked Falstaff’s pockets. Hal says that tavern bills, candy and receipts from whorehouses were what were really in his pockets. In Act 4, again we see Falstaff trying to make things better for him. Hal asked him to recruit an army, but instead he asks wealthy men and men who are in love to join, but instead they give him money because they don’t want to leave their lives behind, which is exactly what Falstaff wanted. He instead recruits prisoners and poor men to become part of his poorly organized army.
On the opposite side is the revenge of story. Hotspur wants revenge on King Henry for not releasing his brother-in-law. He plots to overthrow the King and take over his throne. He makes allies with the Scots and Welsh to make war against the king. He works alongside Mortimer’s father-in-law Glyndwr to use his troops to go to war against the king. When he overthrows the king, Hotspur will become the new king. This reminds us of Richard II, when Bolingbroke forces Richard to give up the throne and Bolingbroke takes over. Not only does Hotspur want revenge on the king, but Hal also wants revenge on Hotspur. He wants to prove to his father that he is worthy of the throne and prove he can defeat Hotspur in the battle that is coming their way. He swears he will take revenge on Hotspur for everything that Hotspur has done against Henry. He believes that when he defeats Hotspurs all of Hotspur’s achievements and glories will become his and he will gain respect from his people.
Again we hardly see women in this play. In Act 3 we see Lady Mortimer, Mortimer’s wife who doesn’t speak English. She weeps for him and he speaks loving towards her. Glyndwr has to translate between his daughter and son-in-law. She sings him a song in Welsh to everyone. While Lady Percy bids her husband farewell in a half-affectionate, half-fighting manner.